Roger had been the saviour of Team India, many a times. In 1983, against Pakistan in Bangalore, he made the history of a seventh-wicket collaboration of 155 runs, with Madan Lal, while himself; he added 83 runs, not out.
Cricket Career of Roger Binny
This efficient right-hand batsman was a dexterous right-arm medium pace bowler too. His potent bowling annexed opponent's wickets, which welcomed India's triumph, at Headingley, in 1986. Such invincible stances were recurred, when within a spell of 30 balls, he collected 4 wickets for a mere 9 runs. His acme of achievement was a brilliance of 6 wickets for 56, crushing the Pakistan batting order, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 1987. Roger Binny shone with splendour in One-Day Internationals. Besides, the record set by him in 1983 World Cup, his claim over 17 wickets in the 1985 World Series Cricket in Australia, focused on his bowling calibre, particularly the swing bowling.
Binny made his international debut on home stadium, KSCA Ground in Bengaluru. It was the first Test of the 1979, home series, conducted against the cricket team of Pakistan. He was steady enough to score a fairly good, 46 runs, almost a half-century, against veteran bowlers, namely, Imran Khan and Sarfaraz Nawaz. It was indeed a golden six, which he hit off, by taming an Imran Khan tough bouncer to the team's benefit, during the fifth Test of that series.
Binny's tall and sportsmanlike structure, facilitated his control over games, he played. His dashing style of batting was exactly appropriate either, for opening innings or middle-order solid batting. Moreover, he knows the art of swinging balls in both the directions. This player was a bowling menace in matches, held on the English soil.
Roger Binny, earned a rank of distinction in domestic cricket. His famous not out pairing of a massive 451 runs, for the first wicket with Sanjay Desai in the Ranji Trophymatch against Kerala, in 1977-78, was simply magnificent. He alone pocketed 211.
His dangerous balls had sent A-class Pakistani players like Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas and Miandad at Mumbai in 1979 out of the crease. Similar was his bowling ravages on West Indies stalwarts, such as Greenidge, Haynes and Richards, at Ahmedabad in 1983.
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Life After Retirement for Roger Binny
Karnataka cricket was the seat of his prominence in cricket. Binny also emerged as a competent coach. He was showered with applauses, owing to the radiant win of the Under-19 team in the World Cup in Sri Lanka in January 2000.
Roger Binny was in fact the first Anglo-Indian, to make his way to the Indian Cricket Team. His son Stuart has embraced the profession of his father. He performs in Karnataka state cricket.
Roger Binny was certainly a privilege for the Indian Team, and still now a prolific factor for Indian cricket. He is currently the coach for Bengal cricket players under Cricket Association of Bengal.
(Last Updated on : 19-07-2014)
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